LGBTQ Carers - Getting Your Needs Met Lesbian Ladies

As well as the same challenges, worries and frustrations as any other unpaid care giver encounters, LGBTQ carers may face additional anxieties and decisions when considering asking for help. Sometimes previous bad experiences may even stop you from bothering at all-until you reach a point you can no longer cope and have no choice.

You’ll likely consider

  • Will I feel pushed to ‘come out’ to service providers?
  • Will I be respected and treated with dignity if I wish to disclose my sexual orientation?
  • Will specific issues I am facing be listened to and understood?
  • Will I be offered services that are appropriate to me?
  • Will I feel worse off by even finding out?

 

Our organisation is taking positive steps to create a safe and welcoming environment that supports and encourages LGBTQ carers to ask for the help they are so often missing out on.

  • Our support staff will provide opportunities to talk about your sexual orientation, should you wish to. If you don’t want to tell us-you don’t have to!
  • We will talk to you about confidentiality and how we protect information you share with us.
  • We understand you may want to talk about specific issues you are facing as an LGBTQ carer.

You may be;

  • caring for someone who has mental health difficulties or struggling with alcohol or drug use directly linked to their sexuality.
  • experiencing domestic violence from someone you are caring for.
  • feeling threatened –or have been threatened with being ‘outed’ if you seek help or advice.
  • be a parent carer in a same sex relationship and are reluctant to seek  help, feeling your needs will not be taken into consideration.
  • worried about finding sensitive or appropriate care at home or in a residential setting for a same sex partner.
  • in need advice on your rights as a carer and being involved in designing discharge and care packages for your loved one.

Whatever your caring situation,If you would like to speak to someone about your own caring role, we will listen to you and respond to you in an empathetic and respectful way and help you to look at solutions that may help to improve your situation and your own well-being.